Constantly installing apps on your iPhone will clutter up your Home screen and eat up your device’s limited memory. The best way to combat that is to go to the bathroom regularly.
But what if you can’t delete apps from your iPhone? Or what if an app continues to show up, even if you claim to have deleted it?
If you find it impossible to delete apps on your iPhone, work your way through the list of troubleshooting tips and suggestions below and you should be able to fix that.
1. You can’t delete all pre-installed apps
The iPhone’s system software — iOS — lets you remove any third-party apps from your iPhone whenever you want. But it doesn’t offer the same level of flexibility as its stock apps. You can delete most of them (such as Mail, Calendar, and Notes), but not those that iOS deems necessary — for example, Safari, Camera, Clock, etc.
If you can’t give Delete apps only for a specific pre-installed app, chances are you can’t remove it from your iPhone.
2. Check out the App Gallery
Starting with iOS 14, you have the option to access apps through a separate space called the App Gallery. If you still see an app in your iPhone’s search results despite deleting it, you may have mistakenly hidden it from the Home screen.
To remove apps completely, bring up the App Gallery by swiping left from the last Home screen page. Then locate and long press the app in the relevant category and tap Delete apps. Confirm by touching Delete.
Going forward, the correct way to delete apps via the Home screen is to long press Uninstall apps > Delete apps. If you choose Uninstall apps > Remove from home screenyou will just hide the app.
3. Restart your iPhone
If you can’t bring up the context menu and long press to delete an app from your iPhone, you may have a minor glitch in your iPhone’s system software. The same applies if nothing happens after touching Uninstall apps > Delete apps. To fix that, you have to restart your iPhone.
Start by opening Setting application. Then tap Shared > Turn off and pull Power icon on the right.
Follow by holding down the device Edge to restart your iPhone. Try deleting the app afterwards.
4. Check device usage time limit
If you don’t see Delete apps preferences for any app on your iPhone, which is usually the result of a Screen Time restriction.
To check if this is the case, visit Setting > Used Time > Content & Privacy Restrictions > Buy iTunes & App Store > Delete apps.
If Do not allow is the active setting, change it to Allow. Then you should be able to delete apps on your iPhone without any problem.
Note: If your iPhone prompts you to enter a Screen Time Passcode, you must enter it before you can modify any restrictions. If you can’t remember it, go to the main Device Screen Time page and tap Change the usage time passcode > Forgot password? to reset it with your Apple ID credentials.
5. Lower 3D touch sensitivity
If you use a 3D Touch-based iPhone (such as iPhone X) running iOS 12 or later, you must shake the Home screen slightly before you can delete apps.
If you can’t wiggle apps but instead bring up the app’s contextual menu, try tapping the icons lightly. If that doesn’t help, visit Setting > Accessibility > 3D Touch and transform 3D Touch Sensitive arrive Medium or Sure. That will reduce the screen’s sensitivity to 3D Touch and allow you to gently shake apps again.
6. Clear via Settings
If you continue to have problems deleting apps on your iPhone via the Home screen, you must try doing it through the Settings app. Go Setting > Shared > iPhone Memory. Then select the app you want to remove and press Delete apps.
Instead of deleting an app, you can also choose to offload it by selecting App offloading right to buy. That preserves any application-related documents or data. You can then choose to re-download the app later and pick up where you left off.
7. iOS Update
If you’re running an outdated version of iOS, bugs and glitches may prevent you from deleting apps. If restarting your iPhone doesn’t work, try updating the system software. To do that, go to Setting > Shared > Software updates.